Strathcona County RCMP Municipal Drug Unit investigation leads to drug seizure at a residence located in Edmonton, two from Nanaimo charged

Strathcona County, Alberta – Strathcona County Municipal Drug Unit (SCMDU) began investigating a drug complaint at the end of July. As a result, on Aug. 26, 2020 a search warrant was executed at a residence located in Edmonton, Alta.

During the search, several items were seized including drug paraphernalia, a stun gun, brass knuckles and an undisclosed amount of cash. Police also seized what is suspected to be 557 grams of fentanyl, 947 grams of cocaine, 712 grams of methamphetamine and 805 grams of crack cocaine.

During the search of a vehicle on the property, police located what is suspected to be 147 grams of methamphetamine, 4.5 grams of cocaine, 22 grams of fentanyl and 12 grams of crack cocaine.

A loaded handgun and a SKS rifle were also seized during the investigation.

Anne Zurita (36) of Nanaimo, B.C has been charged with:

· Possession for the purpose of trafficking (x6)

· Possession of weapon for dangerous possession (x5)

· Possession of unauthorized firearm (x2)

· Trafficking stolen property

· Possession of restricted firearm without licence (x2)

· Possession of weapon obtained by crime

· Unauthorized possession of a firearm (x2)

Dray Edwards (26) of Nanaimo, B.C has been charged with:

· Possession for the purpose of trafficking (x5)

· Dangerous operation of a vehicle

· Unauthorized possession of a firearm (x2)

· Possession of weapon for dangerous possession (x5)

· Possession of restricted firearm without licence (x3)

· Possession for the purpose of trafficking

· Possession of unauthorized firearm

Zurita and Edwards have been released from custody with conditions following a Judicial Hearing and their next scheduled court appearance is on Sept. 30, 2020 in Sherwood Park Provincial Court.

The RCMP remains fully committed in building “safe communities” and enforcing laws to their fullest extent, in order to achieve this goal. Members of the public who suspect drug activity in their community are encouraged to contact their local RCMP detachment.

If you have information about this incident or any other illegal activity, please call the Strathcona County RCMP at 7800-467-7741 or call your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com ( http://www.p3tips.com/ ) or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Strathcona County RCMP



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